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Mathematics (Greekμαθηματική τέχνη mathēmatikē téchnē: "the art of learning, belonging to learning" or μανθάνω manthánō: "I learn") is that science which seeks to fathom the laws of numbers and geometrical figures through pure thinking with inner, self-sustaining certainty.

According to Rudolf Steiner, mathematics is the first stage of supersensible perception. For this reason, the Gnostics also conceived of their mysticism as mathesis, because the same clarity of thought as in mathematics should also prevail in spiritual cognition.


References to the work of Rudolf Steiner follow Rudolf Steiner's Collected Works (CW or GA), Rudolf Steiner Verlag, Dornach/Switzerland, unless otherwise stated.
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Index to the Complete Works of Rudolf Steiner - Aelzina Books
A complete list by Volume Number and a full list of known English translations you may also find at Rudolf Steiner's Collected Works
Rudolf Steiner Archive - The largest online collection of Rudolf Steiner's books, lectures and articles in English.
Rudolf Steiner Audio - Recorded and Read by Dale Brunsvold - Anthroposophic Press Inc. (USA)
Rudolf Steiner Handbook - Christian Karl's proven standard work for orientation in Rudolf Steiner's Collected Works for free download as PDF.